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Help, my garage door isn't opening properly

10/21/2013 Back To Blog

If you are having issues with the opening or closing of your electric garage door openers, Garage Door Repair Forest Hill advises that there are some basic checks to be done.

Basic checks:

If the garage door refuses to move, the most common cause is a lack of power. Therefore, the first check should be to ensure the system has power. This can be achieved by checking the wall socket and the breaker. You should also check the remote controls have sufficient battery power.

If this has not corrected the issue, it is possible that one of the garage door parts has become damaged and in need of replacement. Check for any loose or broken components especially the garage door springs, tracks or cables.

Safety eyes:

If your door is failing to close, it may be a result of an issue with the safety eyes. This safety feature has been designed to prevent the door closing on any obstructions. However, safety eyes can become misaligned or obstructed with dirt or degree. Generally there will be a flickering light to indicate the safety eyes are misaligned. You should look at the manufacturer manual to your specific system for instructions on correcting this issue.

Phantom door opening:

If your door appears to open at random and completely by itself, this is usually caused by interference from another system in your area. The radio interference from a neighbor’s garage door opener can actually trigger the opening of your system. This can be easily corrected by changing the code to your system.

Although opening difficulties can be very frustrating, it is important to remember that that the door is a heavy component. You should never stand under the door and attempt to force it open or closed as this could cause an accident and injury. Instead, familiarize yourself with the emergency release lever for your specific system. This is usually a red lever or cord located above the opener inside the garage. Pulling on this when the door is closed will release the door from the opener and allow manual operation.

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